Termite Infestation across AmericaSubterranean termites are found in all states except Alaska and are most abundant in the south and southeastern United Stales.

Your Home has TermitesThose four little words can make you feel worried, stressed out – even vulnerable. After all, your home is at risk for serious and expensive damage that could turn your biggest investment into your biggest expense. Worse yet, these home wreckers may have been quietly eating your home, your sanctuary, from the inside out without your knowledge. Termites damage your home by eating the soft grain of wood, leaving timbers with layered tunnels inside a thin shell. Termites cost U.S. homeowners nearly $3 billion in damage and repairs each year. Since most homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover this damage, who wouldn’t be concerned?

Subterranean TermitesSubterranean termites excavate galleries in wood as they consume it, some termites leaving nothing more than a thin wooden exterior. (B.T. Forschler)

Worker TermitesWorker termites are the most numerous caste and are responsible for the damage to wood. (B.T. Forschler)

Termite QueenWorker termites with one queen and three kings. (S. Grube)

Termite DamageThe siding was removed from the porch and an exterior wall of this house to show the extent of termite damage. (B.T. Forschler)

Natural HabitatAn example of the natural habitat of subterranean termites. (B.T. Forschler)

Moist Wood and TermitesWarm, moist wood provides subterranean termites with all of their survival requirements. (B.T. Forsehler)

Soldier TermitesThe soldier caste’s primary function is colony defense. (S. Grube)

Formosan TermitesFormosan termites cause the same type of damage as the other subterranean termites. They cause more rapid damage than native subterranean termites. They have been known to attack more than 47 plant species, including citrus, wild sherry, cherry laurel, sweet gum, cedar, willow, wax myrtle, Chinese elm, and white oak. Formosan termites feed on both the spring growth and the summer growth wood. They have also been known to eat through non-cellulose material, such as thin sheets of soft metal (lead or copper), asphalt, plaster, creosote, rubber, and plastic searching for food and moisture.The second picture illustrates termites gaining entry to structure.